Deadly crash after pursuit closes US-60 near Florence Junction

Posted at 6:14 AM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-11 20:03:17-04

Eastbound lanes of US-60 have reopened after a deadly crash near Florence Junction (SR-79). 

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The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the crash was caused by an 18-year-old man suspected in a domestic violence assault in Globe. Officers had reportedly been trying to contact him after his girlfriend reported the assault.  

DPS says the suspect attempted to hit Globe police officers, who had to move out of the way to avoid being hit. The incident started a pursuit on US 60 toward Miami, DPS says. A release from the Globe Police Department says during the pursuit the suspect drove at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour.

The pursuit was called off as police approached downtown Miami. Officers from Miami and Superior continued to pursue the suspect, later identified as Jaeden Matthew Spurgeon. 

Authorities called off the pursuit once it reached Superior. Pinal County deputies found a crash scene seven miles west of where the pursuit was terminated by officers.  

A woman in a vehicle that Spurgeon hit was flown to a hospital in Chandler where she was pronounced dead. Her passenger, a man, was also airlifted and is now hospitalized. 

A woman in another vehicle involved in the crash did not need medical treatment.  

It's not clear whether Spurgeon was injured, but DPS says the incident is under investigation. 

Globe police said he will face charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault on a police officer, unlawful flight from a peace officer and domestic violence assault, among other charges.